The 7 Golden Rules of Buying Nike Shoes

Sure, you can go and buy the first shoe you see in the shop. But is it a good idea? Definitely not. You’ll probably get the wrong shoe for the wrong activity.

7 Golden Rules

Nowadays there’s a shoe for everything.

Heck, there’s even a shoe for boating.

If you get the wrong sneaker for the wrong activity, you’re opening yourself up for the possibility of injury.

I don’t want that happening.

So today I’m going to talk about the 7 golden rules you need to know when buying a pair of Nike shoes.


1. Walking or Running

This is not a huge deal but it is definitely something to consider when buying new Nike’s

I mean, there’s no point in buying a walking shoe if you plan on using it for running.

Running shoes are generally more stiff and brighter to give that aesthetic edge.

Walking shoes usually have neutral colors and more flexiblity to provide a full range of motion.

Walking shoes are great for casual wear since they have lots of cushioning and comfort for all day use.

Also keep in mind that some running shoes can be used for walking as long as the upper is flexible enough.

2. Road or Trail

Trail Running

Will you be running on the road or trail?

Road running shoes have a thin outsole, while trail shoes are more rugged and durable.

Trail shoes have an aggressive outsole and firmer midsole, allowing you to be more supportive on your uneven adventures.

Also when I say road running I mean pavement, roads, and similar smooth surfaces.

And don’t worry about accidentally getting the wrong type.

Trail shoes have “trail” in the name so you don’t get mixed up.

3. Competitive Running or Daily Running

Competitive shoes are made for running races and should only be used on race day.

Racing shoes are as light as possible with minimal cushioning, hence the competitive advantage.

Because of this they lack durability.

Whereas daily running shoes are far more durable because they possess more cushioning and stronger materials.

Generally you should have at least a couple of daily running shoes so you can rotate them, and one for race day.

4. Barefoot, Neutral or Stability

Nike makes 3 different types of shoes.

They are:

  • Barefoot
  • Neutral
  • Stability

Barefoot shoes are made with minimal support, a lighter design and a low-density midsole foam.

Neutral shoes have more cushioning for shock absorption, increased flexibility, responsiveness and durability.

Stability shoes have Nike’s special Dynamic Support technology, even more cushioning and firmer foam.

Everyone is different as you will only find your style when you’ve been in the running/walking game for awhile.

As a rule of thumb:

Start with neutral to see if they’re right for you.

If you pronate or supinate, you’ll need stability shoes.

And if you decide you want to be a minimalist runner, then you’ll want to go with the barefoot shoe.

5. Laces or Laceless

Laces: For walking and running

Laceless: For walking (no running)

Nike also has shoes that have laces and some that do not.

I find that laced shoes offer more support and security when running so your heel doesn’t slide out.

Because of this I do not recommend lacelss sneakers for running, even if it’s short distance.

Also they are usually made with thinner materials which makes them susceptible to ripping and tearing in the early stages.

In saying that, laceless shoes are definitely perfect for walking and a viable solution, especially if you have back or hip pain when bending over to put your shoes on.

6. With or Without Water Repellent

Not a big deal but something to consider.

I don’t usually buy shoes with water repellent as the chances of getting caught in the rain are slim.

But your lifestyle might be different.

Your job might require you to be out in the rain, if so then I recommend boots instead.

As the technology used is called Nike Shield and only resists the rain, it does not make them waterproof.

A better example would be a courier driver. Mostly dry throughout the day but may get caught in the rain when delivering packages.

In this case the Nike Shield is a great choice.

So determine if you need water repellent or not.

I personally stick with no water repellent.

7. Price – Cheap or Expensive

Ever heard the saying: “you get what you pay for”.

Well that couldn’t be anymore true when it comes to shoes.

Pay $30 for a pair of running shoes and you’ll only get a couple months out of them, possibly a few weeks.

Pay $200 and they’re bound to last much longer, at least 2 years.

And if you spend about $70 – $150 which is the average price of walking and running shoes, you will get the average lifespan.

The average lifespan of walking shoes are 300 – 500 miles.

That’s 6 – 12 months if you walk 2 miles a day.

The same goes for running shoes. Around 300 – 400 miles.

Run 14 miles a week and they’ll last 6 months to 1 year.

Of course these are not set in stone and changes with brand, price, quality, and other variables.

But it’s a good place to start so you know what to expect.

You’ve Made the Right Choice

You’ve made the right choice going for the Nike brand.

Nike are an amazing company and they will continue to dominate the apparel and shoe market for many years to come.

Everywhere you look someone is wearing a Nike product.


Because they have everything for everyone and they are the best shoe brand in the world.

Well I’m glad you’re doing your research so you know what to look out for.

I use these golden rules myself and I hope you adopt them into your own life so you have the best shoe that suits you.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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